The Certified Aging Resource Educated Specialists (C.A.R.E.S.) Pharmacy Network was formed in 2015 to increase access to low income subsidies for Medicare beneficiaries. It is endorsed by the Alabama Department of Senior Services and managed by the Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy.
To create an efficient and effective referral system from pharmacy network members to local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) that assist in determining eligibility for assistance programs. Network pharmacies receive a referral kit to identify Medicare patients who can benefit from referral to a local agency knowledgeable about community programs.
Half of Medicare beneficiaries have have limited savings and an annual income of less than $23,500. The National Council on Aging reported that one in three Americans age 65 and older are economically insecure, meaning they lack the resources to meet basic food, housing, and medical needs. Many seniors and adults with disabilities qualify for -- but are not yet enrolled in -- assistance programs that could cover costs of medical care or medications. Unfortunately, many beneficiaries are not aware of these subsidy programs or how to enroll. Becoming a member of the C.A.R.E.S. network means you can help Medicare beneficiaries in need.